Archive | April, 2015

100 years after Gallipoli slaughter Ireland gives the stamp of approval to its 3,000 dead

If you’re going into a battle where death is a highly anticipated outcome there are a few things that you would want to square away before meeting your maker. One of them is the notion that your ultimate sacrifice might be at least remembered, perhaps even honoured. For the more than 3,000 Irishmen who died […]

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Good news on employment front as big contract secures jobs at Montupet

UP to 60 jobs have been secured at the Dunmurry-based Montupet car component plant – with the potential for more jobs to follow – after the company secured a major contract to produce a new cylinder head. The new product will be supplied to an engine plant in Eastern Europe. The contract will result in […]

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Dad’s personal crusade is bringing hope to schoolchildren across the city

A Belfast man who lost his 17-year-old son to suicide has embarked on a new programme that aims to equip all schools in the north with training on suicide prevention and battling depression. Philip McTaggart, who launched a personal crusade to battle the stigma preventing discussion of suicide shortly after the death of his son […]

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Former British Army officer will tomorrow receive writ over 1973 murder of Catholic in East Belfast

In London tomorrow the family of a Belfast man murdered by loyalists more than 40 years ago will personally issue a legal writ against a former British Army officer. Patrick Heenan (47) was killed when the minibus in which he was travelling to work was targeted by the UDA in East Belfast in February 1973. […]

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Historic workers’ banner to go on display in all its restored glory after May Day parade

A controversial historic banner commissioned by English miners in the 1920s and featuring an image of James Connolly will be on display in Belfast this weekend. The Follonsby Lodge banner was woven for the Durham Miners Association in 1928, just four years after the General Strike. In a reflection of the radical and militant mood […]

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SDLP and Alliance abstentions see same-sex marriage proposal fall for fourth time in Assembly

The SDLP and Alliance are preparing themselves for some tough questions on the Westminster campaign trail after a number of abstentions by MLAs from both parties saw a proposal to legalise same-sex marriage narrowly defeated last night. 49 MLAs voted against the Sinn Féin proposal with 47 voting for. But it was the decision of […]

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